The available information suggests that the environment looms large in the future of the Caribbean today.  The Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Hon. Baldwin Spencer, has described the situation in these words: “there is no doubt that on the whole the impacts of climate change on small islands will have serious negative defects especially on socio-economic conditions and bio-physical resources, including the land.”  The impact of climate change is not confined to the smaller Caribbean states.  Several of the larger states such as Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, and Jamaica have also been challenged by the consequences of hurricanes and other horizontal disasters.

The physical formation of the Caribbean states would suggest that over time, environmental changes will poise long term challenges to most of them.  Rising sea level will affect most of the coastal states, including Guyana.  It is to the credit of the Caribbean Community that it has taken measures to put in place institutions which could help the Region in combating climate change, and it has also done studies which could inform policy and provide the basis for practical action.  Additionally, the Region as a whole has become part of a global debate on climate change, and in some cases, such as the Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS) in Guyana is showing both imagination and application.

Below are Papers/Extracts and other writings undertaken by the Region on Climate Change:

Vulnerability and Adaptation to Climate Change in Small Island Developing States United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

Regional Strategic Program for Climate Resilience Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre

Potential Economic Impacts of Climate Change in the Caribbean Community By Natsuko Toba, World Bank

An Assessment of the Economic and Social Impacts of Climate Change on the Tourism Sector in the Caribbean By Winston Moore, Charmaine Gomes, Dillon Alleyne and Willard Phillips

Transforming Guyana’s Economy While Combating Climate Change

Sustainable Development Strategy for the Caribbean Region, 2005-2009 By USAID/Jamaica

Japan Funds CARICOM’s Environmental Policy

Report of the Caribbean Commission on Health and Development By The Caribbean Commission on Health and Development

Joint Concept Note on REDD+ Cooperation Between Guyana and Norway

Latin America, Caribbean and the Environment Coordinating Lead Authors: Keisha Garcia and Joanna Kamiche Zegarra

Climate Change in the Caribbean and the Challenge of Adaptation by United Nations Environment Programme Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean